Rinne pays immediate dividends on new deal, shuts out Coyotes

Friday, November 4, 2011 at 12:35am
Staff reports

Pekka Rinne certainly did not need to prove a point.

It is unlikely many doubted the Nashville Predators goalie was worth what the franchise agreed to pay him for the next seven seasons when the sides agreed to a new contract Thursday.

The 29-year-old who also celebrated his birthday the same day as his $49 million contract immediately rewarded the franchise’s largess when he posted his third shutout in six games as the Predators defeated the Phoenix Coyotes 2-0 at Jobing.com Arena.

Rinne stopped all 35 shots he faced three days after he allowed a season-high five goals in a loss to Chicago.

It was his highest save total in a shutout since he made 35 back on Feb. 5 last season against Detroit. More than half his franchise-record 23 career shutouts have required 30 or more saves on his part.

He also fared much better than the first time he faced Phoenix this season, a 5-2 loss back on Oct. 13 in the Predators’ home-opener.

Jonathon Blum and Matt Halischuk scored second-period goals for Nashville, which had lost three of its previous four road games. Patric Hornqvist added an empty-net goal for his team-high fifth and his fourth straight game with a goal.

Nashville continues its current five-game road trip Saturday at San Jose (9:30 p.m., Fox Sports-Tennessee), where it has won just three times in the past seven seasons.

6 Comments on this post:

By: T-BONE on 11/4/11 at 5:52

$49 Mil. for another JOCK!...Hummm...I wonder where all that money ultimately comes from? There a "sucker" born every minute...P T Barnum! ...Or "get a life" and stop living yours vicariously thru JOCKS!

By: gid on 11/4/11 at 6:44


You still wearing your Johnson #28 Jersey to work?

The money comes from the owners and revenue generated from TV and ticket sales.

By: T-BONE on 11/4/11 at 8:35

YES! Advertising from TV etc..YOU NAILED IT!.. (Mark up on products you buy!)...So everybody pays!...$ucker$

By: foxman on 11/4/11 at 9:35

If you dont like what he's making then dont go to the games. Otherwise shut the hell up.

By: jpbrody on 11/4/11 at 10:09


I don't like what he's making. And I don't go to the games.

Heck, I'll play for a fourth of that amount!

By: T-BONE on 11/4/11 at 12:16

BILLY "FOXMAN" O REILLY....shut up? Brilliant! It's called freedom of speech! I paid property taxes to build that Ice hockey arena! ...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XrNl6-j9x5w